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Gear Review: Arc’teryx Miura 50 Backpack

A hard-core pack built for craggers, climbers, and punishing hikers.
october 2010 arcteryx miura 445x260Arc'teryx Miura 50 (Courtesy Photo)

Verdict
As a mountain guide who schleps heavy gear day in and day out, I’m brutally tough on packs. But the Miura is brutally tough right back. I bushwhacked through thickets, scrambled up gullies, clawed up narrows, and this pack—made of 630-denier “Superpack” nylon and rubbery Hypalon trim—never flinched. The roll-top closure opens wide to accept an entire climbing rack. The Miura is heavy for the capacity, but in exchange you get that durability and support that easily handles 40-pound loads. Gripe: The padded back panel could ventilate better—it gets sweaty. arcteryx.com

Best For
Craggers, climbers, and hikers who favor punishing approaches and off-trail trekking

Tester Data
> Matt Conroy
> Duration Feb. to June
> Locales/conditions VT, NH; rain, sun, 43°F-85°F
> “Though not technically waterproof, the heavy-duty nylon resists precipitation and kept my cell phone and guidebook dry through hours of rain.”

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